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The BMW ALPINA is One of the Fastest Street-Legal BMW You Can Buy

Jul 7, 2020


The ALPINA B6 xDrive GranCoupe’s Unparalleled Performance

During the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the BMW ALPINA, the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive GranCoupe (2016 model) went on sale in the US market. MSRP including Destination and Handling is roughly $122,195 US dollars.

Today, the ALPINA is one of the fastest car available as a special-order BMW vehicle. The 4-door luxury GranCoupe contained a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It generates an astounding 600 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque. The supercharged V8 accelerates from 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds while holding its top speed at 200-mph.

BMW ALPINA B6’s Special-Built V8 Engine

The production version of the BMW 6 Series ALPINA B6 unveiled in the U.S. market with the remarkable twin-turbocharged V8 engine. According to BMW, the custom designed and constructed large-diameter turbochargers can handle high power and torque output over a broad engine speed range, all without the sacrifice of.

The BMW ALPINA B6 Exhaust System

In the back, one of the most prominent structures is the fully stainless-steel exhaust system featuring the ALPINA trademark elliptical twin tailpipes with Active exhaust valves.

In Comfort Mode, the exhaust valve is closed, up to 2,500 RPM. In Sport Mode, the valve is permanently open. Overall, the entire flow of the exterior curve pours into the model’s distinctive silhouette, making it a bold, elegant, and prevalent statement piece.

The BMW ALPINA B6 Water-Air Intercooler System

The high-performance Water-Air Intercooler System has a short intake distance. It consists of a large-volume, low-temperature heat exchanger and two near-engine intercoolers. Additional oil and water coolers are located just behind the front spoiler to ensure overall thermodynamic efficiency of the engine.

The extensive optimization of the air intake ducting, air filter housing and an upgrade to the fuel supply system resulted in a 60 HP hike in output over the previous model year ALPINA.

The BMW ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission

BMW 6 Series ALPINA B6 Engine

Another important drive mechanism in this supercar is the custom tuned ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC 8-Speed Sport Automatic transmission. Working in perfect conjunction with the Turbocharged V8, it shifts flawlessly between different driving modes.

Automatic (D) Mode:

The driver can expect a high torque output without losing comfort in the Automatic Mode. It delivers unmatched efficiency of the daily drive.

Sport (S) Mode:

The Sport Mode results in fast and precise gear shifts. The system allows for multi-simultaneous downshifts in just milliseconds. Maximum driving potential can be unleashed in the Sport Mode.

Manual (M) Mode:

By Utilizing the ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC buttons located on the steering wheels, manual shifting takes over seamlessly. When in the Manual Mode, by selecting DSC OFF Mode or Sport+, the driver can maintain the current gear up to maximum engine speed without upshifting gear to the next level.

The BMW ALPINA B6 Chassis System

BMW 6 Series ALPINA B6 Interior


The chassis of the BMW ALPINA B6 consists of the dynamically engineered BMW double-wishbone front suspension and integral rear axle. The superior electronic suspension technologies of the Dynamic Damper Control (adjustable, adaptive shock absorbers) and Adaptive Drive (BMW Active Roll Stabilization) allows Driving Dynamics Control to easily shift between Comfort, Comfort+, Sport, and Sport+ modes.


The BMW ALPINA B6 Wheels


As for the wheels on the ALPINA B6, dimensions of the rear wheel and tire have increased to 10” x 20” 295/30 ZR20 for enhanced traction while the front dimensions remain at 8.5” x 20” 255/35 ZR 20.

BMW recommends the appropriate use of performance summer tires and winter tires according to weather conditions for the best performance, handling, and safety of operating the vehicle.


Optimal Traction with the xDrive Intelligent All-wheel Drive on the BMW ALPINA B6


BMW 6 Series ALPINA B6

The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system dynamically distributes torque between the front and rear axle within milliseconds. The setup enables maximum traction, stability and driving control. Hardware and software modification to the transmission works in perfect harmony with the xDrive system to deliver maximum power in the drive while attaining a 3.6-second record speed going from 0 to 60 mph.

The torque distribution control system, on the other hand, closely joins with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and the engine management system to eliminate slip-induced losses. In turn, it provides optimal traction, increased driving agility and evenly distributed torque for an exceptionally balanced and safe ride in any road condition.

The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive GranCoupe has the best of both worlds. It provides a great driving experience with its luxury amenities and contemporary design while maintaining powerful, top-of-the-line BMW performance. Perfect combination, isn’t it?